Before you undergo plastic surgery, it’s important to know the truth about cosmetic procedures that most surgeons won’t tell you.
A number of physicians, from dentists to gynecologists, and even spa technicians are offering anti-aging treatments, among other cosmetic procedures, these days. Plastic surgeons, dermatologists, otolaryngologiests and ophthalmologists have traditionally handled the bulk of these treatments, spending years honing their skills in residency training programs. However, physicians who hope to offer Botox between cavity fillings or Pap smears tend to opt for quicker trainings like weekend workshops. While less formal training doesn’t automatically correlate to reduced proficiency, experts comment that consumers should look for physicians with extensive experience.
There’s a misconception that cosmetic procedures tend to be less physically taxing than other types of surgery, since they’re aesthetic and elective, according to Dr. Robert X. Murphy Jr., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While many patients are informed they will experience some discomfort after cosmetic procedures like tummy tucks and liposuctions, the reality is that these procedures often cause intense pain and oozing.
Social media sites are handing out cosmetic treatment discounts left and right. However, doctors warn that cosmetic procedures like facial fillers and face lifts, are not equivalent regardless of the practitioner.
“No two surgeons have the same pair of hands, experience and knowledge,” Dr. Foad Nahai, editor-in-chief of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Plastic surgeons are constantly competing to get the upper hand by offering the latest technology. This means that surgeons often try new techniques before clarifying the long-term effects. For example, vaginal rejuvenation is a popular cosmetic procedure in certain demographics, although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, among others, expressed concern about the procedure’s long-term safety and questionable ethics.
New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk claims that one out of three of his rhinoplasty patients have undergone previous nose jobs, botched with such common issues as scooped bridges, over-restricted nostrils and pinched tips. Industry wide statistics show that revision surgery has risen 35 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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